Tonight: Mir Yerushalayim Dinner to be Graced by Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel


rav-nosson-tzvi-finkel-in-lakewoodFor Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Mir-Yerushalayim, a talmid remains a talmid forever. This is the sentiment felt by all talmidim during their annual meeting with the Rosh Yeshiva, who is literally moser nefesh to undertake the difficult trip to the United States to once again renew his relationship with his talmidim.

The highlight of this year’s visit will be the yeshiva‘s annual dinner this evening at the main ballroom of the Brooklyn Marriott.

For many attendees, the most exciting part of the dinner is the hour and a half reception that precedes the program when former talmidim as well as parents of former and present talmidim can personally meet with the Rosh Yeshiva. The long line of people eager to personally meet the Rosh Yeshiva attests to the tremendous love and warmth he engenders. That love is more than reciprocated upon entry to his chamber. When the Rosh Yeshiva looks up at a talmid or parent of a talmid, his face shines with joy. The feelings aroused when the Rosh Yeshiva, with difficulty, extends his hands and bends over to warmly embrace and kiss his talmidim and their fathers are akin to a parent greeting his long lost, only child. It is truly something that cannot be properly portrayed with words. It is a sight that has to be witnessed to be understood.

The other major highlight of the Yeshivas Mir-Yerushalayim dinner this coming Sunday will be the Rosh Yeshiva‘s drasha. When Rav Nosson Tzvi speaks, one can hear a pin drop. The thousands of guests are completely focused on the Rosh Yeshiva‘s holy countenance, as he quietly delivers words of chizuk. Although his mouth and vocal chords speak softly, his heart – a heart that so pulsates with ahavas haTorah and ahavas Yisroel – proverbially resounds in a thunderous voice, a voice that is a tangible proclamation of the power of the neshama over the trappings of the guf; a voice that fills each talmid and each admirer with dedication to do everything in his power to give the Rosh Yeshiva and the yeshiva chizuk, so that he can return to his avodas hakodesh of being marbitz Torah to talmidim.

A special audio-visual presentation will be shown at the dinner. The video is sure to give the alumni a sense of longing as it transports them back to the years during which they were privileged to learn in the Mir and regularly bask in the warmth of the Rosh Yeshiva.

In addition, the dinner serves as an opportunity for the yeshiva‘s alumni to meet with and renew their kesher with some of the other senior Mirrer hanhalla members, including Rav Binyomin Carlebach and Rav Nachman Levovitz.

At the dinner, Rabbi and Mrs. Ari Bergmann of Lawrence, NY, will serve as the Guests of Honor. Reb Ari is a unique blend of a Yissochor and a Zevulun with the wide array of shiurim he gives in his community and as a benefactor of many Torah and chessed institutions. Being an alumnus of the yeshiva and having a son currently learning there as well makes Reb Ari uniquely qualified to understand the role that the yeshiva plays in enriching Klal Yisroel.

The Masores Avos-Parents of the Year Awards will be presented to two outstanding couples and parents of talmidim in the yeshiva, Mr. and Mrs. Yossie Brecher of Brooklyn, NY, and Mr. and Mrs. Zev Kops of Queens, NY. Each family currently has sons learning in the yeshiva. Both of these families have been firsthand witnesses to the ruach haTorah that the Mir has brought into their homes and into the lives of their children.

Any alumnus of the Mir is proud to be able to say, “I learned in the Mir.” At the dinner, the yeshiva recognizes the alumni’s individual accomplishments as they continue with their involvement on behalf of the klal. ┬áThis year’s distinguished alumni honorees are Mr. and Mrs. Yosef Nussbaum of Lawrence, NY, and Rabbi and Mrs. Yitzchak Rosedale of Cincinnati, OH.

At the dinner, the Rabbinic Alumnus Leadership Tribute will be bestowed upon Rabbi and Mrs. Yechiel Biberfeld of Philadelphia, PA. A talmid of the yeshiva in the early 1990s and one who maintains a very close kesher to the rosh yeshiva, Reb Yechiel has honed his leadership qualities to establish and serve as rosh kollel at the Philadelphia Community Kollel for the past decade.

The dinner is the culmination of a weeklong visit by the Rosh Yeshiva to the greater New York area. Throughout the week, the Rosh Yeshiva participated in numerous events on behalf of the yeshiva, where he warmly embraced and renewed relationships with his many talmidim.

Although the primary reason for the Rosh Yeshiva‘s visit to America is to help support his present talmidim learning in the Mir, the Rosh Yeshiva constantly repeats that for him, the most gratifying part of the trip is the opportunity it affords him to meet with former talmidim and see how they are shteiging, learning with tremendous energy, and building exemplary Torah families.

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